Computer Laboratory

Sheharbano Khattak

I am a first year PhD student and Research Assistant in the Security group of the Computer Lab, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr. Steven J. Murdoch and Prof. Ross Anderson . I am a member of Robinson College and an Honorary Cambridge Trust Scholar. In the past couple of years, I have extensively collaborated with Prof. Vern Paxson at UC Berkeley /ICSI where I interned twice in 2012 and 2013.

My current interest lies in understanding the consequences of Internet censorship; just how does its employment affect different stakeholders? What steps do users, content providers, and ISPs take in response to censorship? How effectively does a given act of censorship achieve the censor’s goals, and with what collateral damage? I am collaborating on this idea with UC Berkeley, PLUMgrid Inc. and Lahore University of Management Sciences. I am also interested in circumvention technologies and designing systems resilient to censorship.

Broadly, I am interested in the following:

  • Preventive Security-->Securing stuff in transit
  • Defensive Security-->Work on methodologies (current/future) that tame the wild ones among stuff in transit
  • Retrospective Security-->Investigating/analyzing stuff that misbehaved while in transit

Stuff: Data/information, Transit: On a network

Even more broadly, I am happy to work on anything IFF it is exciting to me.

You can read my [now occasional] ramblings here.

I have worked with ICSI and SysNet in the past. Prior to that, I did my MS is Computer and Communication Security from NUST. Going further into the past, I did my BS in Computer Science from International Islamic University Islamabad. About a century back in time, I have vague memories of studying in Jinnah College for Women and University Model School, both in Peshawar. Alas, my memory fails me any further back than this ...

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Sheharbano Khattak
Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
United Kingdom